Pretty Kraft Paper Envies!

Hi friends! I love me some kraft paper. That natural brown paper is so trendy right now and a huge roll of it won’t set you back too much if you get it from our sponsor Papermart. Today I will show you how to make pretty envelopes using this humble staple. If brown is not your thing it is available in white as well. Something for everyone! Watch the video to see how to make the pretty, spring inspired envelopes!

For this project you will need:

  • Kraft paper *also available in white!
  • Stamps and ink
  • Colored pencils
  • Adhesive
  • Envelope template (or an old envelope to trace)
  • Scissors

Directions: Cut off a piece of kraft paper large enough to make your envelope. Use an envelope template, or simply trace any envelope you have, to make an envelope. Fold and adhere the bottom flaps as shown. Flip over the envelope and stamp on flowers or whatever you like and color using colored pencils. Since colored pencils are opaque they will show up beautifully on the brown kraft paper. Tip! Use a mouse pad when you stamp for a perfect image!

Use these special envelopes for wedding invitations, thank you notes or birthday cards! They are so pretty and easy to make! Happy crafting!

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Bling on the Wrapping!

Hi friends! Wanna know a secret? I have always loved wrapping presents. I am kind of afraid to admit this because I fear that all my friends will drop off their gifts to be wrapped. The trouble is that this time of year I don’t have as much time to put into the wrappings. Well, that is until now. I came up with some cute and clever ideas using inexpensive supplies from Papermart! You probably have some of these things around your house too so I urge you to try some of these ideas today!

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The first tip I can offer for quick holiday wrapping is to make a dedicated space. You don’t have to keep it up all year but during the holidays it is a must. It can be a card table in the corner of your basement with a supply of scissors, tags, pens and tape. You can place a clean tall trash can next to the table to hold rolls of wrapping paper. If you have a guest room you might put a small piece of plywood on the bed (smooth, thin Masonite won’t snag your bedding) so you have a large work space you can sit and wrap at. It is more comfy than trying to wrap gifts sprawled across the floor and since it is more enjoyable you are more likely to wrap for longer and get more done! Today we are going to use kraft paper as the base of our wrapping and you can see my big tip for storing that for ease of use in today’s video:

What do you think? Easy, inexpensive and super festive! Here is a list of the supplies I used:

Kraft Paper
Packing Tape
Washi Tape
Bakers Twine
Unstrung Merchandise Tags
Sequins
Glitter

I hope you try some plain kraft paper for gift wrapping, it even comes in white. There are so many other options for embellishing it and you can make it for any occasion. You can try stencils and stamps, you can wrap it with party streamers, the sky’s the limit! There are so many options! I hope you enjoyed today’s ideas and that it inspires you to get creative with your gift wrapping. Also, If I know you in real life I DO NOT want you dropping off gifts on my doorstep to be wrapped but you are more than welcome to use my gift warp area and supplies! If you liked this idea and want to share it there are handy buttons below to share this on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter as well as other fine places. I do appreciate each and every share! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Faux Cloisonne Trinket Boxes!

Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:

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The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:

Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.

Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.

I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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